|Description of the course: This intensive course is designed for students wishing to concentrate on improving their language skills in Italian and carry them to a higher advanced level. The aim of the course is to make students acquire the ability to understand speeches of various length and follow even complex arguments.The aim of the course is to achieve a degree of fluency and spontaneity to interact with native speakers.
Students will acquire the ability to produce clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of cultural topics and current events of interest to them. The student will have the opportunity to use appropriate vocabulary in different situations, with special attention to the slang and modern idiomatic expression. Many practical tools and materials both for trainers and trainees will be supplied and at the end of the course will be delivered a certificates, as requested in Erasmus Plus Programme.
· To understand sentence-length utterances and longer stretches of connected discourse on a number of topics pertaining to different times and places;
· Comprehend the foreign language with sufficient ability to grasp the main idea and some supporting details in short conversations
· To achieve a degree of fluency and spontaneity to interact with native speakers.
· To acquire the ability to produce clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of cultural topics and current events of interest.
· negotiate the culture of the target language region(s);
· develop an understanding for and appreciation of the complexities of the human experience across cultures.
· The course for advanced students provides language skills equivalent to those certified by Celi5.
Methodology: Our teaching method is based on communication. Students actively exercise the fundamental functions of the language. Particular attention is given to conversation, in order to develop students’ abilities to express themselves and communicate in Italian from the very beginning of the course. Naturally this method includes the study of the rules of syntax and grammar, as essential to Italian language learning, but which alone are insufficient for gaining a true command. Our Italian Language Course has been developed from a communicative based approach and focuses on the four language abilities: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Our staff: The teaching staff consists of experienced, university-trained professionals with a solid experience in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language. Some teachers have worked abroad with students of very different nationalities and levels and have acquired a particular sensitivity to the specific demands of every participant.
1stDay: Meeting of participants and tutors, transport to the accommodation and room allocation. Welcome Day and presentation of the agenda for the upcoming days including information about Italian culture and Erasmus + and info about the Hosting Organization and the city of Nicotera. Students will learn about important issues about the history and traditions of Nicotera and on the courses’ framework.
2ndDay: 3 hours Italian Language Class: Grammar Refresher. Imperative, past participle, and present perfect of regular verbs and of some more frequent irregular verbs. 3 hours Guided Cultural Tour: Visiting the city, the historical center and the main attractions and museums with an Italian Guide.
3rd Day: 3 hours Italian Language Class: Transitive and intransitive verbs, auxiliaries ESSERE and AVERE. Irregular nouns and adjectives (gender and number). Possessive adjectives and pronouns. 2 hours Cultural Lesson: History of Italian Cinema. Film time at school: “La vita è bella” during the afternoon.
4th Day: 3 hours Italian Language Class: Articulated adverbs and prepositions. Negative and declarative sentences. Italian language and words with double meaning. Italian language oral and written exercises. 3 hours’ workshop and lesson: Italian gastronomy with a practical demonstration in the laboratory on how to make homemade pasta and pizza.
5th Day: 3 hours Italian Language Class: Advanced Lexis relating to communicative situations most frequent in everyday life. The use of complex prepositions. The Italian Language throughout the centuries. 3 hours field workshop: Popular traditions in Italy and social identity. The gestures of the Italians. Dinner at Mediterranean restaurant, discovering Italian food practicing with native Italian youngsters.
6th Day: 3 hours Italian Language Class: The use of the subjunctive through conversation and written texts. Comprehension Test and Oral exercises. Half day excursion: Public Library, Meeting with an Italian Writer and Conference about Italian Literature. Question Time with students and staff.
7thDay: 3 hours Italian Language Class: Preparation to the exam. The language of young people and “street” language through scenes of Italian films.
8th Day: Final exam, final discussion about the results of the project. Certificate ceremony and preparations for leaving.
From 03/07/2016 to 10/07/2016
From 17/07/2016 to 24/07/2016
From 31/08/2016 to 07/08/2016 (depends of numbers of students)
From 07/09/2016 to 14/09/2016
From 14/09/2016 to 21/09/2016
from 21/09/2016 to 28/09/2016